With a number of new faces in their line-up, Cambridge fielded a reserves team drawn from the club’s Northern League squad to open its pre-season programme with a 2-2 draw against Otumoetai.
Playing in hot, humid conditions at John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge coach Mike Taylor rotated his players through three 30-minute match periods to give the squad a thorough workout.
Newcomer Dylan Blair opened the scoring for Cambridge soon into the game, coolly finishing from close.
Otumoetai almost levelled with a long-range shot that hammered the home side’s crossbar.
Reds striker Adam Brady extended Cambridge’s lead with a well-taken goal (see photo by official club photographer Louis Roberts).
As the heat took its toll, and with both sides tiring, Otumoetai found a second wind and scored twice – the first from a long-range free kick, the second after a defensive mix-up – to level the scores.
Cambridge created several late chances but could not find the winner.
As with many pre-season games, both teams found it difficult to settle into a rhythm but both will have benefitted from the workout.
- Next Saturday (February 24), the reserves meet Te Awamutu’s second team in a pre-season friendly. Kick off is 12.30pm at John Kerkhof Park.
Match photo gallery
Images courtesy of Cambridge FC official photographer Louis Roberts.